Regulation of the Main River Channel to the Sediment Discharge of the Yangtze Basin

  • 1. State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China;
    2. Geography Department, Chuzhou University, Anhui 239012, China

Received date: 2005-11-23

  Revised date: 2006-03-07

  Online published: 2006-05-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.0576043; Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University, No.PCSIRT0472; National 973 Project, No.2002CB412407; Program for Young Teachers in University in Anhui Province, No.2005jq1129


Based on the data from the Yangtze Water Resource Committee and the estimation of the sediment supply from the ungauged area in the Yangtze Water basin, this paper established a sediment budget of the Yangtze River and studied the responses of the main river channel to the water and sediment supply in the Yangtze basin and the effects on the sediment supply to the sea. The results show that the average accretion velocity of river channel in the Pingshan-Datong section is 88.58×106 t/a, which is 14% and 21% of the total sediment supply from the basin and sediment discharge at Datong station respectively; sediment discharge at Datong station decreases by 17.5% because of the deposition in the main river channel, which is moderate in the upper reach and serious in the middle reach; slight erosion occurs in the Hankou-Datong section. Generally, the erosion/accretion amount has significant relationship with the total sediment supply from the basin but responses of each section of the river channel are quite different. Neither the water nor the sediment discharge has significant relationship with the erosion/accretion amount at the upper reach. The erosion/accretion amount has significant relationship with the total sediment supply in the Yichang-Hankou section and with water discharge at Datong in the Hankou-Datong section. The impoundment of the Three Gorges Dam (TGD) has effectively changed the erosion/accretion pattern of the main channel of the Yangtze.

Cite this article

DAI Shibao, YANG Shilun, PENG Li . Regulation of the Main River Channel to the Sediment Discharge of the Yangtze Basin[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2006 , 61(5) : 461 -470 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200605002


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